Can you judge a book by its cover?

Travelling around the islands on my first visit to Greece many years ago, it seemed as if every second person was sporting a copy of The Magus by John Fowles….

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Writer’s rights: Stories about Telling Stories

Rights aren’t something many writers give much thought to. In the rush of elation of at a publisher’s interest, they’re frequently overlooked. But they are important, especially if you ever…

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Harry Potter and the End of Chapter 3

Earlier this week, J K Rowling posted this on Twitter: Quite coincidentally, a couple of days earlier I’d just started doing what the sign said I shouldn’t; rereading Harry Potter…

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Four publishing lessons in four minutes

Four publishing lessons in four minutes

In 1995, my first novel, Telling Stories, won the Reed Fiction Award for the best unpublished novel. The prize was $5,000, a flight to the Dunedin Writers Festival to receive…

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The state of the NZ book market

Last year, New Zealanders purchased 5.3 million printed books — not bad for a country of just 4.6 million people, but a long way behind Australia. While Kiwis purchased an…

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A respectful question to authors using traditional publishers

… “Do you realize how much are you paying for the services provided by your publisher?”   For a middle-aged writer, a publishing contract in today’s standard form will likely last well…

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Publishers and authors: Behind the scenes

Do you really think publishers have authors’ best interests at heart? Most writers don’t make a lot of money. Forget the James Pattersons, Lee Childs and J K Rowlings. They’re…

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The collective insanity of the publishing industry

“Publishing is about she who writes and she who reads. Everyone else can lend a hand or fuck off.” Hugh Howey Gene Doucette has a few things to say about…

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Two more ways publishers shaft writers

The latest posting on Writer Beware looks at the arbitration clauses buried in almost all publishing contracts. These clauses say that in the event of a dispute between author and…

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Indie or traditional? An author’s dilemma

Should you opt for indie publishing or go the traditional route? There’s no easy answer. Every author has to make his/her own decision. I’ve made mine, so consider me biased….

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